A false report that the Coronavirus reached Santa Clarita has circulated social media Thursday, but health officials confirmed that there are no current cases in the area.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital officials have seen no cases of the Coronavirus as of Thursday afternoon, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.
The concern was sparked by a tweet — which has since been deleted — stating that the Coronavirus was reported at a Santa Clarita high school campus. That tweet was then shared on various social media platforms, including Snapchat and Facebook.
An email sent to parents Thursday morning from the William S. Hart Union High School District further disputed the false claim.
“You may have heard on social media that the Coronavirus was found in the Santa Clarita Valley,” the email read. “Those are just rumors, there are no confirmed Coronavirus cases in Santa Clarita.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating who started the social media rumor, according to officials with the Hart District.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is required by law to report any case of the Coronavirus, according to hospital officials.
This false claim of the virus comes on the heels of another hoax Thursday in Corona, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
There has been only one confirmed case of Coronavirus in Los Angeles County, according to public health officials.
“The infected person presented themselves immediately for care at LAX airport once they noticed they weren’t feeling well,” said L.A. County Dept. of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.
The patient was transported from LAX directly to a local hospital, and no L.A. County residents were infected or at risk as of Sunday morning, Ferrer said.
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